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nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum Panel/ 0.8 mm SECC body HTPC 500BA ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Looks good. Seems reasonably solid.

Very quiet. Motherboard (ATX) fit very nicely.

Cons: Front panel connectors are on the side of the front panel. Difficult to use when case in in a entertainment center.

Had a devil of a time getting my Hauppage 500 in place. The bracket that stabilizes peripheral cards can't be removed so the card couldn't be installed straight down. Fortunately, I wanted it in the slot next to the drive cage. No way it would have fit anywhere else.

The power supply is not mounted in the conventional manner. The switch on the back of the PSU isn't accessible once the PSU is installed. There is a cable that runs from the back of the case to the PSU. It has a right angle female connector to plug into the PSU. This was very awkward.

Optical drive door looks classy but doesn't work very well. I tried it with the drive bezel off and on. Wouldn't work with it off. As mentioned elsewhere, the door on the case prevents the drive try from opening fully until you manually move the door to the open position.

Other Thoughts: took an IDE ribbon cable and cut the controller end off and just used the two "drive" ends between the MB and the DVD. There is only about an inch between the MB connector and the drive. Both a round IDE cable and a fiull ribbon would be very clumsy.

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Display Name: David D.

Date Joined: 02/08/06

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  • First Review: 09/16/07
  • Last Review: 09/16/07
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